Posted on April 12, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Victory Call
When I was a teenager, before I committed my life to Christ, before I was a believer in the Biblical sense of the word, I remember thinking about loving God. I remember saying I loved God. Oddly enough, this many years later I remember feeling rather neutral about God. I didn’t FEEL love for God; I just knew I was supposed to love God. I believed in Him, I never doubted His existence (I tried once, and ended up having a panic attack.) I believed that Jesus was God’s Son and that He died on the cross for sins. I knew God was transcendent (far). 1 Kings 8:27, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built.” Or Jeremiah 23: 23-24, “‘Am I a God near at hand,’ says the Lord, ‘And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?’ says the Lord.” I saw God as out-there somewhere, sitting a His throne. I had no idea that He was (and is) also immanent (near). Acts 17:27-28, “so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope; that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being…” It is God’s immanence that enables us to have relationship with Him. It was when I realized that God wanted relationship with me, that I began to understand love. Over the years, as I have come to know God more personally, more intimately I have fallen more and more in love with Him.
When I pause to consider Jesus, a sense of peace washes over my mind and body.
1 John 4:19, “We love Him because He first loved us.”
Your challenge for today is to dwell upon His love for you. Remember, He wants fellowship with you.
Written By Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and provides ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at email@example.com.
Daily Quote: “To love God does not mean to meet His needs, but rather to delight in Him and to be captivated by His glorious power and grace, and to value Him above all other things on earth. All the rest of the commandments are the kinds of things that we will do from our hearts, if our hearts are truly delighted with and resting in the glory of God’s grace.” – John Piper
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” – Revelation 21:5